The inquiry, led by the former children’s minister Edward Timpson, will demand that headteachers continue to be responsible for pupils even when they have been expelled. The Telegraph reports.
Ministers at the Department for Education (DfE) commissioned the review last March, amid concerns that teachers are using exclusions to get rid of students who they fear will drag the school’s results down.
Between 2006/7 and 2012/13, the number of permanent exclusions reduced by nearly half. However, since then it has increased and over the past three years it has risen by 40 per cent.
Earlier this year, Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, provoked a major backlash among teachers by claiming that the rise in exclusions is behind a recent surge in knife attacks.
The review is expected to say there is a correlation, but not causation between exclusions and gang violence.
“The point here is that exclusions must not exacerbate a child’s vulnerability,” a government source said. “Taking a child out of school will always be the last resort – but when it is deemed necessary, we must do all we can to support those who are most vulnerable, and those who may be at risk of crime.”
The review will recommend that teachers are given extra training to spot signs of disruptive behaviour among pupils, and to intervene early on.
It will also call for increased data sharing, such as with local safeguarding boards and Violence Reduction Units, where there are concerns about vulnerable children who are at risk of becoming involved in crime.
The chief inspector of school, Amanda Spielman, used a speech on Saturday to defend the right of headteachers to exclude disruptive pupils where necessary.
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